Thursday, October 6, 2016
Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that 25 year-old Ali Khalel Huthail was found guilty on October 5, 2016, of one count of Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sexual Favors following a jury trial in Okaloosa County. Circuit Judge William Stone scheduled sentencing for November 14, 2016. As a result of his conviction, the defendant will be designated a sexual offender and could be sentenced up to 15 years in the Department of Corrections.
Huthail’s arrest was a result of “Operation Wolfhunter”, an undercover sting operation conducted by Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office in October 2015, with assistance from the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Huthail contacted who he thought was a 14 year-old girl after seeing a post on an internet site. Huthail asked the girl if she wanted to have sex and explicitly described what he wanted to do. Huthail then traveled to two different locations in Destin to meet up with the girl where he was ultimately arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. At trial, Huthail admitted that he sent the emails and texts to the girl and that he was going to the location to have sex with her. Huthail’s arrest on October 21st was one of sixteen arrests made during Operation Wolfhunter.
Operation Wolf Hunter
Operation Wolf Hunter was conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Pensacola Police Department, Gainesville Police Department, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville County Sheriff’s Office, Tallahassee Police Department and US Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force, all members of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
Operation Wolf Hunter Arrests:
- James Patrick Applegate, DOB 03/22/1986, Address: 1918 W. Mistral Lane, Mary Esther, FL
- Ali Khaleel Huthail, DOB 05/07/1991, Address: 166 N. Fox Avenue, Panama City, FL
- Jacob James Brenner, DOB 03/23/1988, Address: 1809 Natures Way, Gulf Breeze, FL
- Michael Bradley Christmas, DOB 12/23/1982, Address: 1154 Lost Trail, Fort Walton Beach, FL
- Adam Chay Bairos, DOB 05/04/1994, Address: 133 Menzel Street, Valparaiso, FL
- William Max Gage Calton, DOB 11/21/1989, Address: 138 Menzel Street, Valparaiso, FL
- David Allen Royce, DOB 12/11/1983, Address: 7 Caswell Branch Road, Freeport, FL
- Garrett Thomas Richards, DOB 09/01/1996, Address: 90368 Room A220, Hurlburt Field, FL
- Tejay Landon Aplin, DOB 01/26/1990, Address: 400 E. 19th Street, Panama City, FL
- Darin Roger Paddie, DOB 09/23/1994, Address: 304 Reeves Street, Niceville, FL
- Chad Michael Keiser, DOB 05/14/1978, Address: 6110 Cypress Point Drive, Panama City, FL
- Robert Donald Lawson, DOB 10/22/1996, Address: 15988 S. Hwy 29, Andalusia, AL
- Cameron William Ahlsen Girard, DOB 11/25/1987, Address: 101 SE Waynell Circle, Fort Walton Beach, FL
- David McLeod, DOB 07/01/1987, Address: 100 8th Avenue, Shalimar, FL
- John Joseph Schreiner, DOB 04/27/1987, Address: 57 Robys Drive, Mary Esther, FL
- William Myrick, DOB 02/01/1943, No Address Available
- John Bryan Hood DOB 01/01/1989, Address: 8 Corbin Court, Niceville, FL
Investigators say awareness is the key. Parents are encouraged to learn to use parental monitoring software for computers and smartphones, to become familiar and learn to utilize social media and to speak to their kids about the dangers of the internet.Arrest reports with additional information are attached to this news release and available at www.sheriff-okaloosa.org.
The investigation was conducted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Assistant State Attorney Jennifer A. Lieb prosecuted the case.
Source: Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office & State Attorney’s Office